• Nome científico: Megalops atlanticus
• Classe: Fish
• Hábitos alimentares: Carnivore
• Status de conservação: Vulnerable
Informações gerais:Although it is a saltwater fish, it can also be found in estuarine and mangrove environments, which have brackish water. It is a very popular animal for sport fishing due to its speed (about 70km / h) and strength. Fishing for consumption, the destruction of their habitat, and the loss of sexually mature individuals due to overfishing are the main factors for the vulnerability of the tarpon in the wild.
Longevidade:About 60 years.
Dieta:In a natural environment it feeds on fish and crustaceans. At the São Paulo Aquarium, it feeds mainly on a variety of fish.
Distribuição geográfica:Western coast of the Atlantic Ocean, northwest coast of Africa and eastern coast of the Pacific Ocean.
Conservação:The main threats to this species are related to interactions with humans, including different types of fishing, loss of habitat and decreased quality of coastal water.
Habitat:They inhabit coastal waters, including estuaries, bays and lagoons, sometimes manage to enter rivers.
Reprodução:They reach sexual maturity between 6 and 13 years. They migrate during the reproductive season and can lay eggs up to 12 million eggs!
Localização no Aquário de São Paulo:Marine World Sector.